Calif. Gov. Vetoes Affirmative Action

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks before he signed two bills at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the site of a proposed new stadium on September 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Illegal immigrants in California will be eligible for financial aid now that Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Dream Act. But at the same time, Brown vetoed a controversial bill that would have let public universities consider an applicant's race and sex in admission decisions. "I wholeheartedly agree with the goal of this legislation," Brown said in his veto message, but he thought that the courts, not the legislature, should decide on the affirmative action law. Brown is sifting through a flurry of legislation that passed the legislature at the end of the session; he must sign or veto 142 more bills before midnight on Sunday.